Does promethazine dm contain codeine?

Not Medical Advice: No. Each 5 mL (one teaspoonful) of Promethazine DM, for oral administration contains:

  • Dextromethorphan hydrobromide 15 mg
  • Promethazine hydrochloride 6.25 mg. Alcohol 7%

This combination medication is used to temporarily treat coughing, runny nose, and sneezing caused by the common cold, allergies, hay fever, and other breathing diseases.

Promethazine is a phenothiazine that works like an antihistamine that blocks the effects of a some natural substance (histamine), which causes allergy symptoms. It also has a drying effect. Dextromethorphan belongs to a class of drugs identified as cough suppressants. It acts on a part of the brain to reduce the need to cough.

Some of the side effects of Promethazine DM include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth

Take this medicine as directed by your doctor, with or without food, usually every 4-6 hours as needed. Since dosing recommendations may differ, carefully follow your physican's directions for taking this medication.

Drink plenty of fluids while you are using this medicine unless otherwise directed by your doctor. The fluids will aid in loosening the mucus in your lungs.

Spring is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, and for many people the season comes with an onslaught of sniffles and sneezes brought on by allergies. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are advising potential allergy sufferers to be sure to cover their mouths well when sneezing, as new research indicates unbarricaded sneezes (and coughs, too) travel much farther than previously believed. Learn more at Nature World News.

Updated on Thursday, April 10 2014 at 11:28AM EDT
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